what about SETI or NAACP or W3C? they were made because it takes too long to write/say the full words... for lazy people like me ;)
It doesn't even make sense to pronounce them literally, as they are spelled. They are meant to abreviations made up of letters from words that describe them or what they repersent.
char - a character, not a way of cooking meat
cin - character input, not something you go to confession for.
cout - character output, anything else is weird
They are abstractions, not literal words.